Here at Solihull College, we offer safe, secure and affordable accommodation to all students over the age of 18, whether on full-time, part-time or short course provision.
All 120 self-catered rooms are available for single occupancy, with en-suite bathroom facilities, a study desk, furniture and Internet connection. Each flat consists of five private study rooms and a modern shared kitchen and the halls come with management support, not to mention access to the IT facilities, Sports Hall, Refectory and the College fitness centre.
Situated within the Blossomfield Campus in Central Solihull, our halls are in a prime location in the West Midlands, with leafy, clean surroundings and very near to major transport links to Solihull, Birmingham and the rest of the UK, via bus, train and car. Birmingham International Airport is also in close proximity (15/20 minute drive).
In addition, our halls are open for trainers and members of the public looking for short term accommodation. The tariffs are as follows:
|Full-time student rooms
||£80 per week
|Part-time student rooms
||£85 per week
|Council tax (non-student) rooms
||£85 per week
The Terms and Conditions are as follows:
- All students will enter a 45-week contract, including holiday periods. (excluding short course students).
- Rent will be paid monthly in advance.
- The deposit is refundable and serves as a damage deposit on occupancy.
- Students must be 18 and over.
For any further information regarding accommodation, please contact our Accommodation Officer, Christine McCone, on 0121 678 7172 or email her: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can visit Student Services from 9am - 5pm (Mon - Thurs) or 9am - 4pm (Fri) with any queries.
Download the Accommodation Handbook
The College employs a dedicated qualified nurse who is available if you are unwell, for advice on health issues and first aid.
The College Nurse works term-times only and is situated at the Blossomfield Campus:
Download the Students Going Home Ill Procedure
It is a priority of ours to prepare you for life after Solihull College, whether your road leads to work, training or higher education. In order to do this, we have a fantastic team of careers advisors and assistants who are eager to help you maximise your potential and get you on the right pathway to a successful future!
Here, you will find out about all the opportunities open to you, from career fairs, to work experience placements and external company workshops, giving you the necessary guidance and profession choices to get you off on the right foot.
What can careers do help you?
The principles of the Careers Service are to:
- Offer impartial careers advice and guidance that will result in appropriate and informed choices about destinations for students
- Offer effective, accessible and up-to-date careers information and resources
- Provide specialist knowledge and advice to support tutors
- Provide a high quality service to students, the college and the local community You can find our full statement of service by clicking here (insert link to statement of service)
What do the Careers team do?
At Solihull College we have professionally qualified Careers Advisers whose main responsibility is to "Provide students with access to independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance"
This means that the team will provide information that is solely in your best interest. We do this in order that you can progress either within the college, into employment, into an apprenticeship, onto higher education or onto qualifications at other colleges / training providers.
The Careers team provide information to students in a number of different ways:
- Through face-to-face guidance sessions.
- Through tutorials delivered in classes throughout the academic year.
- Through the specialist pages you can find on the student hub.
- Through guest speakers from universities and from within industry.
- Through providing access to specialist careers websites and resources
- By advising your tutors on apprenticeships, higher education courses and employment opportunities that would benefit you.
What can the Careers team do for you?
Put simply, we can help you achieve your ambition!!! By helping you plan for the future, the Careers team can support you to:
Make an informed choice about your future career path by:
- Helping you to explore a broad range of career opportunities.
- Exploring your skills and qualities.
- Giving you access to current labour market information.
- Helping you understand the different qualification pathways to achieve your goal.
- Providing information on local & national employers and their apprenticeship schemes.
Secure a place at university by:
- Advising you on different university progression routes and entry requirements.
- Helping you understand the important areas to research about degrees.
- Advising you on the content and structure of your personal statement (we wonâ€™t write it for you though).
- Organising an annual Higher Education Fair which takes place at the Blossomfield Campus each October.
- Providing expert UCAS advice.
Find voluntary work by:
- Providing links to local organisations who can provide voluntary experience so that you can develop skills essential to your future
- Organising annual Volunteer Fairs which take place at both campuses each November.
Find an apprenticeship / employment by:
- Providing links to local employers who offer apprenticeship programmes
- Giving advice and support with job hunting techniques
- Assisting you prepare an effective application or CV.
- Helping you prepare for your interview
- Organising the annual Careers Fair which takes place at the Blossomfield Campus each March.
Who are the Careers Team:
Accessing the Careers team
Click here to download the Careers Booklet 2015 - 2016
An appointment is not always needed. The Careers team offer a drop in service at both campuses. We offer a 10 minute triage service during drop in times to all students. If you require a full careers appointment we will book you one at a time that is most convenient to you.
If you cannot attend one of the drop in sessions, don't worry. You can book an appointment by telephoning us on 0121 678 7020 / 7021 or by e-mailing your dedicated advisor.
- Blossomfield 12 midday until 1pm every day
- Woodlands 12 midday until 1pm every Tuesday & Wednesday
What can Careers do to help you?
The Solihull College Careers team are part of Student Services and are located in the Student Services area in the main entrance / foyer.
The Careers team aim to provide students, potential students and employers with outstanding services aimed at assisting students to plan for their economic and educational future.
Careers Software Licences
As a student at Solihull College you are able to use some of the most up-to-date careers software available.
Once you have an idea about your career goal, finding out as much as you can about your chosen profession is really important. Nearly all professions have a professional body, whose website is normally packed with great careers information.
Careers Explorer - Search for 'live jobs', courses, apprenticeships and careers information. Please follow this link
Job Explorer data base - 'Plan your journey into the world of work'. Explore new avenues and what your qualifications could lead you to. Please follow this link
Adult Directions - Adult Directions offers adults of all ages and abilities an outstanding online career and skills matching program that supports their career and employment decision - See more at: http://www.cascaid.co.uk/adultdirections - Before you start you will need to enter the Licence Code: b911sb and then register your details.
New Kudos - Provides young people with a personalised experience which enables you to explore careers and learning pathways based on your interests and aspirations. You can get ideas of careers that you might like, explore your own career ideas, discover where your favourite subjects could take you and uncover a world of opportunities in different areas of work. - See more at: http://www.cascaid.co.uk/newkudos - Before you start you will need to enter the Licence Code: b911sb and then register your details.
Higher Ideas - 'Plan your journey into Higher Education'. Explore new avenues and what your qualifications could lead you to. Please follow this link
Planning your career or what you want to do with your life is important. Without a plan you may find that you lack the necessary qualifications, skills and experience to access the career you have dreamed about.
Planning helps you realise your ambition and focus on what YOU need to do to achieve your goal. Remember the Solihull College Careers team, tutoring and support staff are here to help you achieve this goal. It may seem daunting but by following the information and advice outlined here you will be clear about what needs to be done.
What should you be asking yourself?
Deciding what you want to do is never easy. It may feel like your friends already know the careers that they want to follow. Don't let this put you off. It's quite common not to know. Thinking about the following things will help:
- What aspects of my course do I enjoy the most?
- What are my strengths at college, at home, in my personal hobbies / pursuits?
- What careers am I familiar with that really interest me?
- What skills do I use daily that I enjoy?
- What skills do I not want to use?
- What can I do already?
- What would I like to learn more about?
By thinking about these, discussing them with a parent/ guardian, friend, tutor or Careers Advisor and writing things down, it will help you to reflect on your skills, strengths and weaknesses and understand all the great aspects about yourself that you may not have considered. Take a look at some of our suggested websites to find out more.....
National Health Executive
Health Professions Council
Skills for Health
Nursing and Midwifery Council
College of Paramedics
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
College of Operating Dept Practitioners
Society of Radiographers
General Medical Council
British Dietetics Association
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Institute of Biomedical Science
British Pharmalogical Society
General Pharmaceutical Council
Academy of Pharmaceutical Science
British Psychological Society
Society of Biology
Royal Society of Chemistry
Institute of Physics
The Forensic Science Society
Institute of Nanotechnology
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Association of Cost Engineers
Royal Town Planning institute
Royal Institute of British Architects
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
Institute of Civil Engineers
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering
Institute of Highway Engineers
Animal Care / Landbased
British Veterinary Association
Institute of Animal Technology
Institution of Chemical Engineers
Women's Engineering Society
Association of Licenced Aircraft Engineers
Royal Aeronautical Society
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
Institution of Agricultural Engineers
Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Engineering Designers
Institution of Engineering and Technology
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Institution of Royal Engineers
Institution of Railway Signal Engineers
Institution of Structural Engineers
Society of Environmental Engineers
The Teaching Agency- www.education.gov.uk
Chartered Institute of Journalist
British Association of Journalists
Art & Design
Chartered Society of Designers
The Design Council
Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
Institute of Directors
Association of Accounting Technicians
Institute of Leadership and Management
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Charted Institute of Marketing
Institute of Direct Marketing
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA)
BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT (formerly British Computer Society)
Association of Computer Professionals
The College Careers team can help you with Volunteering Opportunities so that you gain the best experience and skills that you may need for your future.
What is Volunteering?
Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and gain lots of experience, which will come in use in your future career life. Sometimes you think you may want to try out a job, as you may not want to work there all the time. You actually go and volunteer once a week, in the evenings, or at the weekend. The experience you will gain will be useful when you are applying for jobs or for courses in the future.
Where do I look for these opportunities?
Firstly you could ask your family, friends and neighbours as they may know someone who is looking for a volunteer to help out. Visit your local charity shops or local organisations and see if they need a volunteer. If you are totally unsure on which kind of volunteering you`d like to do, then these organisations can help you.
Click on the links below:
Need further help If you're still not quite sure what to do or where to look for volunteering opportunities, then come and talk to the careers team at college, who will be more than happy to support you in your decisions and point you in the right direction.
Email: email@example.com Tel: 0121 678 7020/7021
We've all heard about apprenticeships, but what are they exactly and where can they lead? Apprenticeships range from level 2 (GCSE level) right up to beyond level 4 (degree level) and offer an alternative route for you to gain the required qualifications to enable you to realise your career goal. Apprenticeships are always "employer led", this means that you must be supported by an employer in order to complete an apprenticeship. You must also have the opportunity to gain new qualifications and that you must also be paid.
What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice.
Earn while you learn.
All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage (£2.65 for under 19 and first year apprentices, £4.68 for 19 and 20 year olds and £6.19 for those aged 21 and over)
Real work, real qualifications and real opportunities.
All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from inexceptional circumstances. Over 150,000 employers are offering Apprenticeships in more than 200,000 locations.
Apprenticeships cover more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles, from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning.
Quality is key to Apprenticeships. All Apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.
A real future.
The statistics show that 85% of apprentices will stay in employment after completing their apprenticeship contract. Roughly two thirds or 64% stay with the same employer. Additionally, nearly one third of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing. Research amongst employers shows that they think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.
What types of apprenticeships are there?
Click here to view the range of Apprenticeships
There are three types of Apprenticeship you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications:
1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Intermediate apprenticeships are the first level of apprenticeships. They are designed to equip you with the skills to thrive in the world of employment. On an intermediate apprenticeship, you'll spend most of the time working for an employer and learning on-the-job, but you'll also spend some time at a training institution or local college. During the apprenticeship, you'll study towards vocational qualifications which are relevant to your job.
You can do intermediate apprenticeships in all sorts of areas and industries with all types of companies. From an intermediate apprenticeship, you might go on to do an advanced apprenticeship or secure a related job.
What qualifications will I get with an intermediate apprenticeship?
One of the best things about an intermediate apprenticeship is that you'll have a bunch of qualifications by the end of it if you work hard. These will include a Level 2 competence qualification, a Functional Skills qualification and a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
The Level 2 qualification will usually be a NVQ at Level 2, which is equivalent to five GCSEs grades A*-C. You might also work towards a BTEC, GCSE, or City & Guilds qualification.
Once you've completed an intermediate apprenticeship, you'll be eligible to move on to an advanced apprenticeship.
2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeships
An advanced apprenticeship is a step above Intermediate Apprenticeships. It's a chance to access great training, develop skills and gain qualifications whilst working for an employer. Advanced Apprenticeships generally last between one year and four years, although they can be longer.
A huge variety of different employers offer Advanced Apprenticeships. Companies might run their apprenticeship in partnership with a training provider (like a further education college), meaning you'll split your time between working at the company and attending college or they'll run it independently and have their own in-house training sessions.
What qualifications will I need to do an advanced apprenticeship?
Generally, to be eligible to do an Advanced Apprenticeship you must have either completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship or have a certain number of GCSEs (or equivalent); although this isn't always the case.
Most employers offering Advanced Apprenticeships will be looking for young people with at least five GCSEs grades A*-C or equivalent. Equivalents include level 2 National Diploma programmes, City & Guilds and OCR qualifications. Check with the Careers team if you are not sure what level your qualification is.
What qualifications will I get with an advanced apprenticeship?
Advanced Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to earn while you learn. They involve work-based learning, such as a Level 3 competence qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
To put it simply: completing an Advanced Apprenticeship is the equivalent to gaining two A-level passes. You'll also gain relevant technical certificates or qualifications (depending on your type of apprenticeship). Once you've completed an Advanced Apprenticeship, you'll be eligible to do a Higher Apprenticeship
3 - Higher Apprenticeships
A Higher Apprenticeship functions pretty much like a normal apprenticeship in the sense that it will give you a mix of on and off-the-job training. However, these apprenticeships are designed to equip you with more advanced skills and qualifications. In some cases, they offer another route to gaining a university qualification.
Because it's the creme de la creme of apprenticeships, there are fewer higher apprenticeships. However, more and more companies and organisations are offering them. There are around 19 Higher Apprenticeship frameworks and in 2010/11, 2,200 people started a higher apprenticeship.
What are the entry requirements for a Higher Apprenticeship?
It's a serious apprenticeship and, as a result, those doing this level of apprenticeship are usually 18 and over. Entry requirements will vary, but usually people who have already done an Advanced Apprenticeship or who have a minimum of two A-levels will be eligible for a Higher Apprenticeship. If you don't have those, employers might take into account previous work experience or other criteria instead.
What qualifications will I get with a Higher Apprenticeship?
The high entry requirements reflect the nature of the qualifications you'll gain with this apprenticeship. Qualifications that higher apprentices might work towards as part of a higher apprenticeship include a Level 4 or above competence qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification, such as a foundation degree, HND, or undergraduate degree. In the near future, some Higher Apprenticeships will offer apprentices the chance to gain a master's degree.
You might then be able to top up your university qualification to a full undergraduate degree or pursue a master's degree, or a relevant professional qualification.
Who offers higher apprenticeship programmes
Small and medium-sized companies do offer Higher Apprenticeships. Schemes will open for applications at various times throughout the year so it is wise to contact employers and find out when their programmes will open for applications. Listed below are some of the larger companies with national Higher Apprenticeship programmes that you may want to take a look at:
- Accenture - insert links for all of these
- Barclays Bank
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Rolls Royce
For further information on higher apprenticeships and a comprehensive list of companies offering higher apprenticeships download the higher apprenticeship guide here
How do I apply for an apprenticeship?
Applying for an apprenticeship is easy. Current apprenticeship opportunities can be accessed via the National Apprenticeship Service website at www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Registering with the National Apprenticeship Service
To register simply select Search for Vacancies from the home page and then select "register now" under the "New User" heading. Enter your personal details and select your own username and password.
Remember to write these down and keep them safe.
Searching for Vacancies
You can search for current vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Service website by selecting "Search Vacancies" on the home page. You can search by :
- Occupation Type
- Learning Provider
- Apprenticeship Type
Now enter the location (eg Solihull, Birmingham) that you want to work in and a full list of current apprenticeship opportunities will be shown.
Look through the vacancies and if you see something that interests you select save and add it your favourites list. You can go back later to review the apprenticeships you like the look of and start your application.
Submitting your application
All applications for apprenticeships are completed either on line through the national apprenticeship service website or for larger employers via their own web page. Don't worry though the national apprenticeship service will direct you through to employers websites where required.
You can download the National Apprenticeship Service guide to submitting a successful apprenticeship application here Apprenticeship standards. This guide providesstep-by-step instructions on how to complete your application and is also full of great hints and tips.
Remember : the Solihull College Careers team are here to help you write and check your apprenticeship applications too.
What about local Solihull based caompanies who offer apprenticeships?
Well, the good news is that Solihull College's Employer Services department works with hundreds of local employers who offer apprenticeship opportunities. A full list of apprenticeships is available via the Solihull College website. Click here to see current opportunities.
There are lots of local and national companies in Solihull and Birmingham who offer apprenticeship schemes. Here are a few that you might want to take a look at:
Where can I find out more?
There are lots of great websites that you can use to access further information on apprenticeships. Here are some of the Careers team's favourites:
The National Apprenticeship Services youtube channel is jam-packed with lots of helpful films about apprenticeships in specialist areas.
Provides links to national apprenticeship schemes, work experience programmes and internships
This excellent website provides an overview of all of the sectors offering apprenticeships and provides case studies and links to employers offering apprenticeships in each sector.
This website allows you to view details of current employers recruiting across all levels of apprenticeships by selecting on the region you live in.
- Help with job applications and CVs
- Mock interviews & interview preparation advice
- Job hunting skills and guidance
- Information on Graduate Schemes
Careers are located in Student Services next to Student Finance. To book an appointment e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org or attend one of our daily drop in sessions from 12-1 every day at Blossomfield or 12-1 on a Tuesday / Thursday at Woodlands.
UCAS & Applying for Higher Education - Apply 2016 Entry
All applications for full time undergraduate courses across the UK are processed through the UCAS (University & Colleges Admission Service) system. This is an on line system accessed through the UCAS website at www.ucas.com before applying however, it is important to have conducted your research regarding the course options available to you. Research is a vital part of an effective university application; if your research is not thorough, this will show in your application. For advice and guidance on effective research, please contact the Careers team.
Registering on UCAS When you register, you provide personal details, like your first names, last name, title, gender, date of birth, address, telephone numbers and email address. These details are transferred to your application and you will not be asked to enter them again. You can change any of these details when completing your application.
What registration involves The registration process generates a username and you create your own password, which you need to log in to your application. Make a note of your username and password and keep them in a safe place. Apply is case sensitive so write the details exactly as they are shown on screen.
To start your application:
- Go to this website's homepage (www.ucas.com ) and click on Apply or Track icon. Click on UCAS Undergraduate Apply or Track icon
- Click the icon that says Apply for 2016 courses - for 2016 courses
- Follow the online instructions to register and enter your personal details.
- Choose a password, select four security questions and enter relevant answers.
- Write down the username on screen and your password; you'll need these every time you log in.
- Write down your UCAS personal ID number. You will this information for every contact you make with UCAS, so keep it safe.
For full details on how to complete a successful UCAS application, please download our UCAS Guide. Please note: 2 guides are available, one for students applying for NHS Funded courses and our general guide. Please ensure that you download the correct guide.
solcol16 - for 2016 applications.
In order to attach your application to Solihull College you will need to use our college specific buzzword. This is Please note that Solihull College tutors can only provide references for applications made through Solihull College. If you choose to apply as an individual we are unable to provide a reference.
Writing your personal statement
Tell the universities and colleges why they should choose you
The personal statement is your opportunity to tell universities and colleges about your suitability for the course(s) that you hope to study. You need to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment, and above all, ensure that you stand out from the crowd.
Explain why you want to study the course you are applying for. If you mention your personal interests and hobbies, try to link them to the skills and experience required for the course.
The personal statement could be used as the basis for an interview, so be prepared to answer questions on it.
This may be your only written work that the course tutor sees before making a decision: make sure it is organised and literate. Get the grammar, spelling and punctuation right. A statement filled with errors will give a negative impression of your skills and the effort you have put in to being accepted. Your statement must be written in English.
Writing about yourself is probably not something you do very often, so you might need to practice writing in this particular style. It is a good idea to list your hobbies and achievements, and then you can decide which ones demonstrate your strongest skills and personality.
What to include
Most courses have an Entry Profile that you can view in Course Search - these explain what the university is looking for in their students and what qualifications or experience you will need for the course. Check these because they will give you some ideas about what to include in your statement. Many entry profiles have sections titled "What personal skills & qualities do I need for the course". It is important that you provide evidence of any skills and qualities that Admissions Tutors have identified as required for a degree.
Read our guide "It's all about me"
Available from Careers and on the Student Hub, our personal statement guide contains essential information on how to structure and write your personal statement. Use it to help ensure that your personal statement fully reflects your abilities and meets the entry requirements for the course. Download your guide here (Relevant guides to follow).
There are many options available if you have no offers.
Clearing is one option - it gives you a chance to see which courses have places remaining.
You might have no offers if:
- you applied after 30 June
- you didn't receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
- your exam results weren't as expected, and you didn't meet the conditions of your offers.
Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. It's an ideal way for you to find another course.
- It's available July-September each year.
- If you already have your exam results, but you have no offers, you can use Clearing from July.
- If you had conditional offers but your exam results didn't go to plan, you can use Clearing from results day, when Clearing vacancies will be listed in our search tool.
- If your exam results are reasonable and you're flexible on subject/location, there's still a good chance you'll find another course.
Information, Advice and Guidance
If you are struggling with your UCAS application or you not sure about researching your university choices, please feel free to contact the College Careers Team on email@example.com or you can pop down for the `drop in` sessions Monday to Friday between 12pm-1pm at Blossomfield campus and for Woodlands campus Tuesday to Thursday 12pm-1pm
Our counselling service at Solihull College is here to lend help to those who need someone to talk to in an impartial, confidential and non-judgemental manner about any matters or issues, at work or at home, that are diminishing or depriving you of a good quality life and learning experience.
If you have a long-term issue that you need to talk about, or if a recent event is playing on your mind, our counsellors will help you explore the subject at your own pace and aid your resources in overcoming whatever it is you wish to discuss.
Appointments can be made at both Blossomfield and Woodlands via these methods:
Phone - 0121 678 7219
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Text - TALK, plus your message, to 07624 802 743
Alternatively, you can make an appointment at the Student Information Centre, reception or via your personal tutor.
The new Faculty Office is located on the 3rd floor at the Blossomfield Campus. Staff can help with any enquiries you may have regarding your course, events, assignments and deadlines etc.
- Office hours: 8:30am - 5:20pm (Monday to Thursday) 8:30am - 4:25pm (Friday)
The Faculty Office at Woodlands is located in the staff room at Woodlands Campus - 2nd floor.
- Office hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm (Monday to Thursday) 8:30am - 4:00pm (Friday)
Money shouldn't be an obstacle when considering studying with us. Financial assistance is available to all, including to those on benefits and with low incomes, so anyone wishing to do a course at Solihull College can get the support they need to progress their learning and strive for a brighter future, without the worry of funds.
Our friendly and dedicated student finance team can tell you what you're entitled to, how to apply and give you clear guidance on how the repayment structure works, so you won't be in the dark about your student loans.
Why not take a look at our student finance guides for more details on how student finance at Solihull College can help you:
- A Guide for Young People 2014-15 (16 - 18).
- A Guide for Adults 2014-15 (19+).
- HE presentation talk 2015.
- NHS Bursary Guide.
- Free Meals.
For questions concerning student finance, contact the student finance desk in the Student Information Centre on 0121 678 7018/19 or, for our Woodlands Campus, 0121 678 7371.
Alternatively you can e-mail: email@example.com.
Student Enrichment - College life isn't just about studying!
Student Enrichment is here to help make your time outside of lessons fun, interesting and informative. Throughout the year we offer a variety of Student Enrichment activities, trips, events, sports, volunteering, and much more!
Why get involved?
Getting involved with Student Enrichment offers you the opportunity to meet new people, gain skills and have lots of fun!
Once you have been enriched it will also look great on your CV or UCAS application helping with your future employability.
We hope you find something in this guide that will interest you. However, if you have any suggestion for things you would like to see on offer please get in touch with us.
The Student Enrichment Team
- Alexis Simms - Student Enrichment Co-ordinator
- Mohsin Raza - Student Enrichment Officer (Woodlands)
- Dan Black - Student Enrichment Officer
To speak to a member of the Student Enrichment Team, please come and see us in our office. Location:
Blossomfield Campus - Student Enrichment Office in the Student Centre
Woodlands Campus - Student Services Office at Woodlands Reception
t: 0121 678 7000
Clicking on a link below will open a pdf document.
Student Enrichment Handbook 2015-2016
Throughout the year the Student Enrichment run a variety of fantastic trips for all students. A consent , medical and request for Leave of Absence form is required for all trips.
The trips on offer may include:
Shows, Tours and Exhibitions
- Clothes Show Live
- Gadget Show Live
- Wembley Stadium Tour
- Harry Potter Studios Tour
- Body Power Expo
- Alton Towers
- Drayton Manor
- Thorpe Park
- Birmingham City University
Activities & Expedition
- Mount Snowdon Walk
- Malvern Hills Walk
- Blackwell Court Activity Centre
- Go Karting
- Snowboarding lessons
Trips are advertised on poster boards around the College and on the Student Hub so keep an eye out and speak to Student Enrichment if you have any questions.
Events - Discover and enjoy!
Throughout the year various events take place within the College. These range from charity days to awareness raising weeks and include:
- Black History Month
- Children in Need
- Comic Relief and Sports Relief
- Celebrating the Cultures of the College
- LGBT and more...
Welcome Week - September
The Welcome Week is your chance to find out about the enrichment and sports activities you can get involved in throughout your time at College. During the Welcome Week you will be able to find out what external organization have on offer for students, purchase an NUS card and take taster activities and competitions.
Higher Education Fair - September
The Higher Education Fair will provide you with the opportunity to find out about courses of interest, speak to admissions staff and get subject questions answered by trained university staff.
Over 30 universities as well as our local universities so, if you are considering university it is essential that you attend this event.
Volunteer Fair - October
The Volunteer Fair brings together voluntary organisations across many sectors looking to offer you people the opportunity to get involved in a number of exciting projects.
Careers Fair - March
The Careers Fair is designed to give you the opportunity to talk to employers about job apprenticeship opportunities and broaden students' knowledge of local employers.
Talent Show - May
Showcase your talent at the annual Solihull College Variety Show. Auditions are open to all students and staff and are held during Term 3 with the show closely following.
Enrichment & Sports Awards Ceremony - June The Enrichment and Sports Awards Ceremony is held at the end of the academic year to recognise the support, participation and achievements of students engaged in enrichment activities and sport throughout the year.
Student Enrichment recruit a small number of Student Enrichment Volunteers each year to help promote and supports the variety of events and activities on offer.
Why should I volunteer?
- Volunteering is fun!
- You will meet new people
- You get to try something new
- Volunteering will you boost your CV or UCAS application.
If you are interested in volunteering opportunities contact the Student Enrichment Team.
Starting your student groups is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
- You have an idea
- We have the know-how
- Your group is born!
If you have an idea for a student activity that currently isn't being catered for why not have a go and create it as a student led group?
We can make it happen!
Student Enrichment will show you just how easy it is to start up your own student group, club or society!
NUS Extra Cards
The NUS Extra Card gives you access to a wide range of discounts and special offers. Costing approximately Â£12, NUS Extra cards are available to all students at the College, both full and part-time.
When and where can you buy your NUS Extra Card?
NUS cards can be purchased at the College, if you are buying yours at College you will need a passport sized photo. You can also order your card online at www.nusextra.co.uk and it will be delivered to the College for you to collect.
Student Support Officers
|Student Support Officer||Supported Curriculum Area||Extension Number|
||Sport & Public Services
||Animal Care, Horticulture
||Health & Social Care, Art
||Sciences, Hair & Beauty, Retail & Hospitality, Access to FE
||Travel & Tourism, Performing Arts
|Safina Hussain - Uddin
||Business, Management & Professional
||Construction including Electrical Installation, Hair & Beauty, Access to FE
||Engineering, Motor Vehicle , Travel & Tourism
Where can you find us?
You can find the team:
At Blossomfield: Room B024 (overlooking the Student Centre).
At Woodlands: Reception. The Atrium.
Examinations and Assessment Service
The Exams team are here to help you with any questions or queries you may have concerning your upcoming exams or assessments, whether you need to know the fees, times, locations, days or dates, our team of advisors are situated at the Student Information Centre ready to help with any enquiry.
If you're aged 16 - 18, you don't have to pay to sit exams. Those over the age of 18 will need to pay via personal means or with assistance from student finance, if you're eligible. Exam re-sits will also have a fee attachment.
All exam forms must be completed and handed in at the pay desk within the Student Information Centre, with all payments requiring a receipt. To get in touch with the exams team, you can talk to them at the help desk in the Student Information Centre, from 8:45am - 4:00pm (Monday to Thursday) or 8:45am - 3:00pm (Friday). Alternatively, you can call the team on 0121 678 7287/89.
Library and Open Access
Our Library and Open Access facilities are open to all students who wish to enrich their studies and College life with the vast array of reading material, DVDs and online provision to broaden their knowledge of their subject, or to just read and relax in peace and quiet.
The library also has photocopying services, book-binding and sells USBs and textbooks at discount prices.
If you need reliable, up-to-date information or material on your assignments, projects and exams, but want to study in the comfort of your own home, then alternatively, the e-library is the best place to start for all your subject requirements.
We have over 3,000 e-books which you can read online through Moodle, and one of the library staff will come and visit your class to show you how to use it.
Open Access staff will be glad to help you with any IT problems or questions you have about our services & your student ID must be with you at all times, if you wish to use any resources in either the Library or Open Access.
Both these services are open throughout the week, including evenings and holiday periods. They are also open on Saturdays. For an up-to-date list of opening times, go to the e-library Moodle site.
To contact the Library, call us on 0121 678 7014 (Blossomfield) or 0121 678 7394 (Woodlands)
Alternatively, contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
Library Services Guide 2014-15
Open Access Centres Guide 2014-15
Located in B101B at the Blossomfield Campus, the Colleges ICT Services are on hand to deal with all enquiries regarding provision and maintenance of College equipment and software, including telephone services. IT support is split into two teams; the Network Team and Desktop Support, who deal with their own areas respectively. The service is based at Blossomfield and also covers the Woodlands campus as well as many of the Colleges community-based centres.
Our term-time opening hours are:
Monday to Thursday - 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Friday - 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
For more information about ICT Services and to find out about accessing Microsoft Office 365 for students, please visit the ICT Services Moodle page.
Hair & Beauty Academy
Spread across both our Blossomfield and Woodlands Campuses, our Hair & Beauty Academy offers specialist training in the fields of hairdressing, barbering and a multitude of beauty, sports and holistic therapies situated within spacious, modern and commercial salons that rival the most fashionable salons and spas on the high street.
The Academy's services are open to students, staff and the general public, for use of all the various treatments and therapies that are taught here. From a cut & blow dry, to a sports massage and nail treatments, the Academy offers every kind of salon treatment to match the needs of all who want to feel relaxed and look rejuvenated, for a fraction of the high street premium prices.
Some of what we offer includes:
- Cut &blow dry (including shampoo).
- Advanced Colour Techniques.
- Colour Correction.
As well as offering professional treatments, we also sell hair and beauty products from leading brands such as Moroccan Oil, L'Oréal, Dermalogica, OPI, Redken and many more.
Come and try us out!
If you'd like more information, you can contact the Hair & Beauty Department:
Blossomfield Campus: 0121 678 7105
Woodlands Campus: 0121 678 7182.
Price lists and brochures
Hair and Beauty Brochure
Beauty Price List
Latest Hairdressing Price List
Sports, Health and Fitness Centre run a number of activities aimed at providing you with opportunities to participate in sport and exercise. We have teams who compete against other colleges, clubs where you can participate in recreational sport, or join the gym to exercise in your own time.
We are committed to supporting talented athletes by helping them balance the demands of their educational programme of study with their training and competition needs.
The 'Solihull College Student Athlete Charter' is designed to provide a mechanism to formally recognise the numerous talented athletes at Solihull College. It includes a range of benefits and responsibilities for all full-time students who are awarded Student Athlete Status. Click here for more information.
You do not have to be on a sport course to participate, these are open to all students, and we want everyone to get involved!
What sports are offered?
The College offers Men's and Women's Football, Badminton, Cricket and much more.
If you have an idea for a new club please tell us! Email your suggestion or drop into the Student Liaison office next to the Student Centre.
Our on site health and fitness complex at Blossomfield Campus offers staff and students the opportunity to gain and maintain a healthy lifestyle at an affordable cost.
Our facilities include:
- A comprehensive gymnasium equipped with cardiovascular and resistance machines, free weights, stretch area and cardio theatre.
- Group Exercise studio with classes ranging from Pilates through to high energy fat burning workouts.
- Sports Hall allowing you to take part in many team activities.
- Juice bar.
- Fully equipped changing facilities.
- Health suite comprising of a steam room, sauna and relaxing spa pool.
For more information about sporting opportunities within the wider community visit Solihull Active.
Our fully qualified team of instructors and personal trainers will work closely with you to asses your individual needs and goals, and devise an effective workout tailored to you.
Come along today and see what a difference our Sports, Health and Fitness Centre can make to you.
For more information about opening times and costs download our Introductory Guide.
'Gym Buddy' scheme
Our new 'Gym Buddy' scheme gives all students the chance to sign up anyone who isn't part of Solihull College, be it your mum, dad, brother, sister, or buddy! The offer is open to all students and staff members and you don't have to be a current member of the gym to do it, we only ask that you be present with whoever you're signing up to present your College I.D.
All buddies must be 18+ and as part of the membership, they will gain full access to the gym, it's classes and facilities and are, of course, free to come and go whenever they please during opening hours!
Membership fees range from £25 per month, to £100 per year. Great value for a great workout!
For further questions regarding the scheme, contact the Sports Centre directly.
(Disclaimer: Only 1 buddy per Student/Staff member)
Sports Massage Clinic
Do you play sport, have a physically demanding job or just need to relax, de-stress and unwind? Our new sports massage clinic gives College students and the general public the chance to sample a session of relaxation therapy every Wednesday afternoon for the next 8 weeks.
Treatment times are one hour, including consultation, and cost £10.00 per session. All sessions must be booked in advance through the Sports Centre (0121 678 7370) and will take place at 1:30pm, with more time slots opening in due course.
For further information contact the Sports, Health and Fitness Centre on 0121 678 7370.
Welcome, from your very own Solihull College Sport Maker!
Whilst the torch of London 2012 has long since been extinguished, it is hoped that the lasting impact of the Olympic Games will continue to burn for many years to come. The true success of the country's biggest ever event will not be measured by total number of medals accrued, but instead by the number of people from all walks of life who have been inspired to take part in sports and/or physical activity as a result.
This is where the College Sport Maker can help! Life at Solihull College is not just about learning and developing in the classroom, but through the participation, contribution and development of key life skills through sports.
It does not matter whether you are a complete beginner when it comes to sport, or an Olympic hopeful, what is important is that we provide ALL students with the opportunity to engage with sports and physical activity while you're with us.
So look out for posters around the College and drop-ins into your tutorial, where further information about the sports and physical activities on offer will be provided.
For the first year ever, Solihull College will be recruiting for the role of 'Sport Active Volunteers'. This sought-after position will require students who are dedicated, hard-working and have a passion for sport. If you decide to apply and are successful, the College Sport Maker will work to enhance your development by providing you with coaching qualifications and related experiences.
We are always looking for new ideas for activities you would like to see around College, so if you have any suggestions for things you would like to see on offer, please get in touch by calling me on 0121 678 7032, dropping me an e-mail at Natalie.Wilcox@solihull.ac.uk or alternatively, come and speak to me in the Enrichment Team Office located in the Student Centre.
I hope to see you all soon!
Natalie Wilcox - Solihull College Sport Maker
Click here to download the College Sport Maker Booklet 2015 - 2016
Additional Needs Support
If you feel you need support with your learning because of a disability or learning need, our friendly and experienced Additional Needs Team are ready to support students in a wide range of situations relating to attending College.
We aim to support all those who require our services and cater for as many needs possible, some of which include:
- Mental Health needs
- Sensory impairments (Vision or hearing loss)
- Physical difficulties
- Medical conditions (Affecting learning or attendance)
- Asperger's Syndrome and Autism
- Specific learning difficulty (e.g. Dyslexia)
For any more information regarding our services, please contact out co-ordinators on 0121 678 7113, or alternatively, email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org You can also talk to your personal tutor for a referral.
The Learning Zones at both Blossomfield and Woodlands (2nd Floor) Campuses provide support for all students studying a wide range of courses. English and Maths is built into vocational programmes and individual support can be arranged to improve your communication or number skills at any time while you are attending a College course.
If you wish to participate in a Learning Zones programme you are welcome to visit us at both campuses in the Learning Zones for advice and confidential discussion. Blossomfield location is in the C Block on the 2nd Floor, and Woodlands is located on the 2nd Floor.
Alternatively, feel free to contact us on 0121 678 7239 (Blossomfield) or 0121 678 7381 (Woodlands)
Multi Faith Rooms
There is a multi-faith room located at both Blossomfield and Woodlands, in recognition of the cultural and spiritual needs of the College's diverse community. Regardless of which religion you belong to, how often you practice your faith and the frequency in which you do so, Solihull College offers a quiet space for contemplation, reflection and prayer where all religious denominations are welcome.
There are, of course, a set of guidelines and ground rules in the link below:
Multi-faith room ground rules 2015
The locations of these facilities are as follows:
Blossomfield Campus - Open Access Room 305 in the Sixth Form Centre
Woodlands Campus - R109 on the 1st Floor
We understand that coming to College is a major change, where you are faced with more freedom, more choices and have more decisions to make. The Welfare Service can provide information on a variety of topics with the aim of offering intensive and practical support to help you manage the changes going on in this period of your life.
There may be issues around your personal circumstances, accommodation, friends, relationships, family, caring responsibilities, physical, emotional and mental health as well as benefits and finance that you feel you need to get past before you can start enjoying yourself. Whichever it may be, we are here to lend advice and guidance to enable you to remain on course for success and happiness.
Our services can provide:
- Links to external specialist support, advice and guidance.
- Information about agencies and organisations which could support you.
- Identify problems at an early stage.
- Intervene before problems become a crisis.
- Give you support at key moments in your life.
For more information, look at our guide. Welfare Services Guide 2015-16
To get in touch with the Welfare Team, contact us on 0121 678 7031.
Alternatively, email us at email@example.com
Fundraising and Volunteering
Throughout the year approved fundraising and volunteering events take place within the College. These typically include national events like:
- Children in Need
- Comic relief
- Poppy Appeal (Royal British Legion)
If you wish to organise a special event and raise funds for your favourite charity an approval procedure needs to be followed, please do not hesitate in approaching the Enrichment Team team who will be able to give you some guidance and advice. Enrichment Team look for volunteers throughout the year to help out with events.
- Volunteering is fun!
- Meet new people
- Try something new - related to your studies (or not)
- Boosts CV or UCAS application
- Help your local community
- Gain 200 enrichment points
It's completely up to you how much you want to volunteer whilst here with us! You can be a regular, or help out in a one-off event!
To get in touch with the enrichment team, contact them on 0121 678 7359 or 0121 678 7022, or alternatively, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.